Recognize the Causes and Symptoms of Choking BabiesIn addition to watching over the child's behavior while eating or drinking, Mother also needs to be aware of objects that have the potential to make a baby choke, for example coins, balloons, small parts of toys, to battery stones. In addition, there are also several health conditions that can make a baby more at risk of choking, such as growth retardation, nerve abnormalities, or brain injury. Symptoms that can be recognized when a baby chokes include:
- Difficulty breathing, characterized by ribs and chest pulled inward when inhaling.
- Make a high note when you breathe (additional breath sounds).
- The color of the skin becomes bluish.
- Can't cry.
- Loss of consciousness or unresponsiveness.
Help Steps When Baby ChokesIf you find your baby choking and breathing difficulties, the following steps can be taken:
- Take a sitting position, then lap the baby on the thigh and place the baby in a prone position with the head lower than the back and lower body.
- Use the bottom of your palm to give 5 pats between the baby's shoulder blades.
- If you see something in his mouth, try as much as possible to take it.
- If the baby is still not breathing, turn his body so that the supine position remains with the head lower. Place two fingers in the middle of his chest and press until something is visible out of his mouth or until the baby can breathe normally again.
- If the baby is unconscious, seek doctor's help immediately.